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Oda A Smathers


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 41-23742.



  • Kenton McFarland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    32 missions--B-24s, low level Ploesti raid 8/1/43 in Liberty Lad, 41-23742. DSC/ DFC/ AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Units served with

  • 409th Bomb Group
  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    The 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1 Mar 42 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15 May 42. the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida, to continue advanced flight training and also to fly antisubmarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico. They...



  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...


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Born Charlotte, North Carolina


Date Contributor Update
29 August 2019 12:13:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to highest rank, role, biography, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 93rd Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:44 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / roster